Both Sides of the Door

Posted Mar 09, 2017

Both Sides of the Door is a moving presentation highlighting the experiences that survivors of suicide loss, first responders and law enforcement face in the event of a suicide.   It provides a look at how we can better support survivors of suicide loss both at the scene of a suicide and in the months that follow.  The presentation also looks at the impact on first responders and members law enforcement after responding to incidents of suicide.  Pictured here are John Dawson of PFLAG NH, Stacey Elliot-WSOSL Support Group Leader, Elaine Demello of NAMI NH, Sandy Lang-presenter and loss survivor, Kelley Gaspa of the Partnership for Public Health and Lt. Rich Simmons of the Laconia Police Department also a presenter.  John Dawson, Kelley Gaspa and Lt. Rich Simmons serve on the Winnipesaukee Suicide Prevention and Postvention Response team, a workgroup of the Partners in Community Wellness (PicWell) team.  Their work includes disseminating critical information, providing education and trainings throughout the Winnipesaukee Public Health Region and serving as a resource for all individuals impacted by suicide.  For more information please contact Kelley Gaspa, Director of Substance Use Disorder Systems Integration at  

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